What do Capitalism, Marriage and the Stirrup have in common?
The answer is – so far at least on this site no one thinks that any of them should be considered a contender for the world’s greatest idea!
Here’s John Farndon’s brief reasons why you might consider voting for any of them:
Capitalism is the simple but powerful idea that the world can function best if everyone is left to pursue their own private wealth by buying and selling things, including their own labour, in a free market – an idea that dominates the way most of us live our lives today
Marriage is the idea of confirming the natural human urge to mate in a powerful lifelong bond sealed by law, religious oaths or familial and cultural traditions. It is the key personal relationship in most world cultures and is felt by many to be fundamental to society’s stability.
The stirrup hugely increases a rider’s control and balance when on horseback and some believe that the introduction of this simple piece of equipment was the catalyst behind the spread of feudal ideas across Europe, allowing the domination of people by a horse-riding warrior caste.
Surely there are some fans of these powerful ideas out there?